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Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:01 pm | Updated: 4:49 pm, Tue May 8, 2012.

No charges were filed against two dads apparently involved in an altercation during a CDO Little League game on April 28 at James Kreigh Park.

According to police reports, around 8:25 a.m. an Oro Valley police officer was flagged down at James Kreigh Park by a man who informed the officer he had just been assaulted by a man who was serving as the pitching coach on his son’s little league team.

The man, who helped coach his sons’ Little League team, said he was coaching first base while another dad, who also helped coach the team, was pitching to his son.

When the pitching coach struck his son out, the man said, “stop lobbing the ball.” According to the police report, the man told the father who had been pitching to stop pitching a certain way to his son. After a heated discussion, one of the father’s said, he wanted to “take this off the field,” to which the other father agreed.

On the way past the dugout, the man told police that the pitching coach struck him in the ear.

In a statement to the police, the pitching coach said throughout the season, the other father openly heckled coaches and kids during the games. After the man made a comment about lobbing the ball, the pitching coach said he told him he’d “had enough,” and the two should go for a walk to move away from the children.

As the two walked from the dugout, the pitching coach’s wife made a comment, to which the man told her to “Shut up.”

The pitching coach said he then turned around to go after him, but that he fell over backwards without any physical contact occurring.

Another officer on the scene spoke with the team’s coach, who stated the two men were arguing on the field before they began to walk north, arguing and pushing each other. The coach said he separated the men, but they came together in a wrestling-like grip. The coach again separated them, at which point the father claimed the pitching coach had hit him. No one saw the physical contact.

Because both men were considered mutually responsible for the incident, neither was cited for assault or disorderly conduct. The team’s coach said both men are no longer allowed to participate in team activities.

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  • suan posted at 7:11 pm on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    suan Posts: 4

    This is too bad, because, the coaching of the teams are on a volunteer basis, We need those fathers to coach and help coach. If the coaches were pitching to the boys, I am going to presume that it was younger children, who are between 5 and 8 years of age who are just learning the game and acquiring skills.

    I found it interesting when I went to the batting cages with my son, that the machine pitches straight out and most of the fathers throw differently than the machines to help the boys get used to hitting the ball. They will eventually adjust, because when the boys start pitching, their pitches are different again, as they are learning. This is so sad. This is to be a fun experience for the boys. If you want batting coaching, the batting cages have classes between $12.00 and $15.00 for an hour. At this age level, it is supposed to fun. They are not being scouted yet. My nephew is being Scouted now and he started in Little League just like everyone else. He is 15 yrs old.
    j .

     

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